The Chief Executive: Serious action will be taken to solve problems of the Afghan refugees in Iran

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan today met with a number of representatives of the Afghan refugees in Iran and listened to their problems.

Refugees’ representatives said, “Iranian government has recently announced that from now on handwritten passports are unacceptable and holders of such passports need to urgently get electronic passports.”

They estimated the number of Afghan refugees who have handwritten passports over four hundred thousand families and over one million people and asked the Chief Executive to address this problem.

These representatives added that Iranian government notified the Afghan university students in Iran to get passports and their refugee cards will be invalid until the fifteenth of Thawr.

The Afghan refugees Hajj pilgrimage was another issue that representatives of the Afghan refugees shared with the Chief Executive and said the number of Afghan refugees who own refugee card, as soon as they left Iran, their refugee card would become invalid so that they won’t be allowed to enter Iran again. They demanded distribution of temporary passports for the Afghan refugees residing in Iran for going to Hajj.

After listening to problems of the Afghan refugees, Dr. Abdullah reassured them that their problems will be addressed and cited that the easiest way to solve this dilemma would be exchanging of the current and handwritten passports with electronic ones.

The Chief Executive also emphasized that in addition to negotiation with officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran to solve problems of the Afghan refugees, he would hold a joint meeting on Sunday with officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Refugees and Returnees, Hajj and Religious Affairs to take necessary measures.